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Virginia Spine Institute (VSI), the premier Center of Excellence for spinal health care in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, is seeking a Physician Assistant to complement the existing team of nine PAs. VSI recognizes these medical professionals as an integral team players as they work closely with the spinal surgeons to provide comprehensive patient care and surgical assistance.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • Examines patients appropriate to the complaint(s) and develops a diagnosis or diagnoses and treatment plan for each patient in clinic.
  • Interprets diagnostic tests including x-rays, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, and lab work to aid in diagnosis and evaluation of patients.
  • Educates patients regarding their individual spinal pathology utilizing diagnostic imaging and models.
  • Surgical PA’s act as first assist in surgical procedures, including assisting the surgeon in performing the detailed aspects of discectomy, fusion, instrumentation, etc. but also detailed anatomical dissection and wound closure.
  • Performs various spinal injections under fluoroscopic guidance to decrease inflammation and facilitate treatment for patients.
  • Returns phone calls to patients daily to answer questions and concerns voiced by the patients as well as determines the next action needed for the patient.
  • Evaluates patients’ medication usage and medical history to appropriately address medication requests and prescribe, renew, or change prescriptions for medications.
  • Implements preventative screening/treatment as well as patient education for spinal problems such as osteoporosis and musculoskeletal conditioning.
  • Collaborates with other departments to provide high quality patient care and participates in organizational initiatives to aid in the success of the corporate mission.
  • Physician assistant training at a two- or three-year accredited program, including didactic and clinical teaching (Master’s degree level training preferred).
  • Valid NCCPA certification.
  • Valid Virginia state physician assistant license.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, work independently as well as with a team.
  • Must possess exemplary oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to manage time and multiple tasks for maximum efficiency demonstrating drive and determination never compromising quality or integrity.
  • Takes initiative and is motivated to get things done, enjoys a fast paced environment and works well under pressure.

Benefits include a competitive salary with an incentive program, malpractice insurance, full medical, dental, vision, short-term disability and 401(k) plans. Three weeks paid time off provided along with CME time and allowance. All PA-C related dues and fees are covered. To foster continued learning on the job, training is ongoing -- weekly academic conferences are held to enhance the PA’s knowledge and skills.